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Sunday, September 27, 2009


I remember thinking how trouble free, easy, and wonderful being a Full-timer was going to be...not a care in the world. Within six months when my A/C went out the realization hit that FT is not trouble free, it is just that the troubles one faces are different, and the FT attitude allows one to handle the troubles easier due to the flexibility typically built into the lifestyle. Of course, in your situation Howard and Linda, you have this minor things called a "RALLY" looming over your heads -- but there is plenty of time, you are not that far away, and the terrain you will be going over will allow you to do so without that brake connected. When the Rally is over, there's lots of time to get this fixed right. And for those who are thinking of changing their lifestyle to the FT lifestyle, can do so with eyes wide open...it is not a trouble free lifestyle, but most of us wouldn't change it for anything in the world.

I wish that I could attend the Rally and meet everyone myself. But a family commitment (niece getting married in Northern Iowa) just won't allow it.

So sorry you're having these issues -- must be terribly frustrating.

On the positive side -- you're gonna love your GPS .... our's has gotten us out of bad traffic situations a few times. Plus it gives you plenty of warning for turns -- like that one you missed heading towards Laughlin.

Sounds like you're making the best of it!

Hi Howard and Linda,

We are Ed and Bonnie Sunderman. We met you in Woodland Park CO and camped across the road from you with our Mobile
Suite and Volvo tractor combination. We've been silently, faithfully keeping up with yhour exploits over the years but your current situation prompts me to put in my 2 cents because we too experienced a very similar situation. We had a couple of 'problem' wheels that we thought were brake related as the problem wheels would heat up and drag. We had the brakes replaced but that didn't solve the problem. We had one of the hubs replaced and that seemed to solve one of the problems but when another wheel developed the same problem we took it in again and the technicians got on the phone with Lippert and Dexter and determined that the outside bolt that is tightened to hold the hub on was about and eighth to a quarter turn too tight. The wheel wouldn't turn freely until they backed this outside nut off a slight bit and we haven't had a problem since.

Just our two bits.

Good luck. We always enjoy reading about you.

Ed and Bonnie

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